Bauhaus Effects brings experts together to celebrate centenary of influential arts and design school
A major conference to mark the 100-year anniversary of the influential Bauhaus school gets underway in Dublin. ‘Bauhaus Effects’ leads the Irish strand of the world-wide celebrations to mark the Bauhaus centenary, and reflects on the legacy of the innovative artistic, architectural, design and teaching practices developed there.
Developed in collaboration between the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) and the Goethe-Institut in Dublin, with support from Dublin City Council and the German Embassy, the conference will run at the National Gallery of Ireland until Saturday, 9th February.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Director of NCAD, Dr Sarah Glennie said: “The Bauhaus is recognised as the twentieth-century’s most influential school of art and design and is considered an incredible radical moment, when the idea of the art school was completely reimagined, and the role of the artist and the designer in society was also rethought.
“As Ireland’s leading college of art and design, we are particularly interested in the Bauhaus’ implications for contemporary pedagogy. While the Bauhaus is perhaps best known for its legacy in design, Bauhaus philosophy expands into larger social concerns, where the arts school was viewed as a place to think ideas of how a new society might be built. It feels very relevant and important that NCAD has contributed to the development of this conference, which promises to help us rethink the role of artists and designers in society in the future, as well as the future of the art college.”
Designed as an interdisciplinary conference, a panel of expert speakers from around the world will examine the effects of the Bauhaus on individual disciplines, and investigate its continuing impact on contemporary practices: from concepts of space and colour, to the design of toys in the 1920s, and typography.
Professor of Art History at UCD, Dr Kathleen James-Chakraborty said: “The Bauhaus introduced a whole new way of conceptualizing art education around the fact that not all art would be representational. This way of thinking still influences the design of many objects in our daily lives today.
“The Bauhaus was not just a radical art school but in fact initiated a fundamental shift in design culture. Teachers and students at the Bauhaus were acutely alive to new ideas. A century on, the new pedagogic and artistic practices they developed which influenced the transformation of everyday experiences from the 1920s to the present day makes for important assessment.”